Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mayesh Design Star 2013 Winner

To find our 2013 Mayesh Design Star winner, it takes almost 2 whole months from the time we start accepting video submissions. Today is THE day that we can finally announce both our Grand Prize winner and runner up.

And before I reveal the winners, I wanted to quickly thank Unlimited Containers, Inc (UCI) again for their generous support of our Mayesh Design Star, each designer who entered, and all that voted! We greatly appreciate your participation, time, and effort!

Our runner up prize winner will take home a $500.00 gift certificate for their choice of product from UCI.

The runner up for our MDS2013 contest is Jerome Raska AIFD, PFCI, AAF, CF of Blumz … by JRDesigns!! Congratulations Jerome!

The Grand Prize winner will become our next Mayesh Design Star, but also receive Unlimited Containers, Inc. vessels for each month of shooting, their own page on our website, and a choice between 2 trips - the WAFA World Flower Show in Ireland OR the Chelsea Flower Show in London. This is a great way to reach out and give back to our industry. With just 9 full months of videos under our belts, “The Art of Flowers” series has already gained well over 70,000 views!

And the winner is (drum roll please . . . .) Jodi Duncan AIFD! Congratulations Jodi! We are honored to have the opportunity to work with you in the coming year!


Jodi hails from Harrisburg, Illinois that has a population somewhere between 9,000-10,000. If you take a look at Jodi’s website you’ll see that just because she lives in a small town doesn’t mean that she thinks small! Here’s a long list of her many achievements. (picture and list are taken from her website).
  • Accredited by AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers)
  • Illinois State Designer of the Year, 2008
  • National Designer of the Year (NAFA) 4th place, 2008
  • Southern Retail Floral, 2nd, 2008
  • Lincoln Cup Runner up, 2008-09
  • Lincoln Cup Winner, 2011
  • NC-AIFD Board of Directors
  • AIFD Marketing Committee Chair
  • AIFD’s “Imagine” Social Media chair
  • Illinois State Florist Association Board of Directors
  • Schaffer Designs, Principal Designer- award winning exhibits, Philadelphia Flower Show, 2010 and 2011
  • Chicago Market, 2012 featured presenter
  • Press includes Fusion Flowers, Florist Review, Bride and Bloom, Flora, Floral Management, Life and Style
  • Clients include Macy’s, Dillards, Design Master, along with hundreds of brides and homeowners

Curious as to why Jodi entered the contest? Read her own words, here.

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